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Smith, Horace
Amarynthus, the Nympholept: a pastoral drama, in three acts. With other poems
Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme, & Brown, London, 1821. First edition. xii, 232, 12pp of publisher's advertisements, dated October 1820. 1 vols. 8vo. A large uncut copy of the first edition of Smith's first book. Horace Smith, a stock broker, and his brother James were members of the London literary scene that included Leigh Hunt, John Keats, and Percy Shelley. Smith and Shelley were close friends and the pair entered a sonnet writing contest sponsored by The Examiner on the statue of Rameses II in the British Museum, resulting in Shelley's famous poem 'Ozymandias'. Smith's own result of the contest, 'On a Stupendous Leg of Granite, Discovered Standing by itself in the Deserts of Eqypt, with the Inscription inserted below,' appears here on page 213. Smith served as a financial agent to Shelley, leading the latter to ask Leigh Hunt, 'is it not odd, that the only truly generous person I ever knew, who had money to be generous with, should be a stockbroker?' (DNB). Calf backed marbled boards, with the original paper spine label pasted onto the final endleaf, top edge gilt, others uncut. Half title shows some repair, otherwise a fine copy xii, 232, 12pp of publisher's advertisements, dated October 1820. 1 vols. 8vo [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]
Bookseller: James Cummins Bookseller, ABAA [New York, NY, U.S.A.]
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